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Updated 1:00AM 3/30/01
Here is the setlist and a report from the TNT Tribute to Brian Wilson
Thanks to Jon Kiger

                1. Boys Choir of Harlem:  Our Prayer
                 2. Ricky Martin: California Girls
                 3. Rickey Martin: Help Me Rhonda
                 4. Paul Simon: Surfer Girl (acoustic with just him on guitar)
                 5. The Go Go's: Surf City
                 6. The Go Go's: Little Honda
                 7. David Crosby, Carly Simon, Jimmy Webb: In My Room
                 8. Vince Gill: Warmth of the Sun
                 9. Evan and Jaran: I Get Around (Wearing BB era striped shirts)
                 10. Jubilant Sykes, Ann and Nancy Wilson, Boys Choir of Harlem: Good  Vibrations
                 11. Jimmy Webb, Vince Gill, David Crosby: Surf's Up
                 12. Billy Joel: Don't Worry Baby (with him on piano)
                 13. Matthew Sweet, Darius Rucker: Sail On Sailor
                 14. Wilson Phillips: You're So Good To Me (Dedicated to John Phillips by  Chynna)
                 15. Brian Wilson: Heroes and Villains
                 16. Brian Wilson: Lay Down Burden (with JUSTYN WILSON on Guitar)
                 17. Brian Wilson: Do It Again (with Justyn)
                 Pet Sounds with Radio City Orchestra:
                 18. Elton John: Wouldn't It Be Nice
                 19. Carnie and Wendy Wilson: You Still Believe In Me
                 20. Jubilant Sykes: That's Not Me
                 21. Ann and Nancy Wilson: Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
                 22. Matthew Sweet: Waiting for the Day
                 23. Instrumental: Let's Go Away For A While
                 24. David Crosby: Sloop John B (with mistake)
                 25. David Crosby: Sloop John B (sounded more like the Kingston Trio version)
                 26. Elton John: God Only Knows
                 27. Darius Rucker: I Know There's An Answer
                 28. Jimmy Webb: Here Today
                 29. Amy Mann and Michael Penn: I Just Wasn't Made For These Times (false start)
                 30. Amy Mann and Michael Penn: I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
                 31. Instrumental: Pet Sounds
                 32. Brian Wilson: Caroline, No (Introduced Andy Paley before CN, also
                introduced Tony Asher)
                 33. All (except for Ricky Martin): Barbara Ann (Brian on Bass)
                 34. All (except for Ricky Martin): Surfin USA (Billy Joel on keyboards)
                 35. All (except for Ricky Martin): Fun, Fun, Fun
                 36. Brian Wilson and Boys Choir From Harlem: Love and Mercy



                 Dennis Hopper introduced a segment that told of Brian being a Survivor just before Brian came out for Heroes and Villains.

                 Sir George Martin  had lots to say about how much Brian influenced the Beatles.

                 Elton John and Billy Joel danced together during Barbara Ann and Fun, Fun, Fun.

Justyn sang the encores with Carnie and Wendy. Brian's four daughters came on stage at the end and gave him flowers (sounds like Melinda was behind that!)

                 It will be great to see how it all comes together for the tv show. Total time was 8:00 PM until around 11:30 PM.

                 Two new souveniers: a $100 signed and numbered (limited to 100) poster, a new
                 Tribute T-shirt for $20 - other items were same as Pet Sounds or Brian's website.

                 Hope this helps you get a feel for what a special event this was.

   Jon Kiger

Updated 3/28/01
New Beach Boys CD, Hawthorne, California Tracklist*

CD #1
1) 3701 W. 119th Street, Hawthorne, California, 1961 - The "SURFIN" Rehearsal
2) Mike introduces "SURFIN"
3) Mike on Brian's Harmonies.
4) "THEIR HEARTS WERE FULL OF SPRING" - 1967 rehearsal.
5) SURFIN' USA - 1962 Demo
6) SURFIN' USA - track
7) Carl Wilson Radio Promo, 1964
8) SHUT DOWN - live 1965
9) Murry Wilson Directs a Radio Promo
10) FUN FUN FUN - track
11) HONDA 55
12) Brian Message To Roger Christian
13) DANCE DANCE DANCE - vocals
14) GOOD TO MY BABY- track
15) KISS ME BABY - vocals
16) Chuck Britz on Brian in the studio.
17) SALT LAKE CITY - session highlights
18) SALT LAKE CITY - stereo
22) LITTLE GIRL - Alt version.
23) Alan and Dennis on BARBARA ANN
24) BARBARA ANN Session - with Dean Torrence
25) BARBARA ANN - master
26) DEVOTED TO YOU - without party overdubs.
27) Dennis thanks everybody.
CD #2
1) BEEN WAY TOO LONG - vocals
2) Dennis introduces Carl.
3) GOOD VIBRATIONS - Stereo - track highlights
4) GOOD VIBRATIONS - 1967 - concert rehearsal.
7) VEGETABLES promos
8) VEGETABLES - stereo
10) Bruce on "Wild Honey"
11) LET THE WIND BLOW - Stereo
12) Alan and Brian talk about Dennis
13) A TIME TO LIVE IN DREAMS - Unreleased Dennis Wilson
14) BE WITH ME - track
15) I WENT TO SLEEP - vocals
16) TIME TO GET ALONE - alternative version
17) Dennis introduces "Cotton Fields"
18) COTTON FIELDS - stereo single version.
19) Alan and Carl on "Break Away"
20) BREAK AWAY - Alternative version - stereo
22) Dennis Wilson 1980
23) FOREVER - Vocals
24) SAIL ON SAILOR - Track
26) Carl Wilson 1996

*Thanks to Luxuria Music

Updated 3/27/01

Mike Love to appear at the MAMAS AND PAPAS SALUTE To The Late John Phillips

  The two surviving members of the MAMAS AND THE PAPAS, MICHELLE PHILLIPS and
  DENNY DOHERTY, will headline a tribute concert to group leader and songwriter
  JOHN PHILLIPS, who died last week of heart failure. Three of Phillips' children,
  singer CHYNNA, singer/actress BIJOU and actress MACKENZIE, will also perform, as
  will special guests MIKE LOVE of the BEACH BOYS and SEAN LENNON. The tribute is
  set for the Roxy in Los Angeles tonight (3/27).

Updated 3/26/01
ABC's Good Morning America will include a segment of TNT's All Star
Tribute to Brian Wilson on March 30th 7AM Eastern Time

Thanks to Barbara Lang
The Sunday New York Times ran a featured article on Brian Wilson in it's 3/25/01 edition. You must become a registered user to view the article on the NYT website. So for those who do not wish to do so, you can read the article here.

Updated 3/23/01
Addition To TNT Brian Wilson Tribute
  Country star Vince Gill has been added to the All Star lineup for the March 29 TNT Tribute to Brian Wilson. According to here is a list of all who will appear at the show. Carly Simon is rumoured to appear, but has not yet been confirmed.

Elton John, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Ricky Martin, Jimmy Webb, Aimee Mann & Michael Penn, Matthew Sweet, the Go-Gos, Hootie & the Blowfish's Darius Rucker, Heart's Ann & Nancy Wilson, Evan & Jaron, the Harlem Boys Choir, and the Radio City Orchestra.  George Martin, actor Dennis Hopper, and filmmaker Cameron Crowe will present  segments of the show, and Phil Ramone is serving as  music producer of the event. Tickets are still available at

Updated 3/16/01
Joel Added to Wilson Tribute

 A second wave of performers has been added to Turner Network Television's An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson. Billy Joel, Ricky Martin, the Go-Go's, David Crosby and Hootie and the Blowfish's Darius Rucker are among the artists who will take the stage as TNT honors Wilson with the latest installment of its Master Series programs.

Updated 3/7/01

Artists To Attend TNT Wilson Tribute has confirmed the following artists will be in attendence at the TNT All Star Tribute To Brian Wilson.
Paul Simon,Aimee Mann, Matthew Sweet, Elton John, Ann And Nancy Wilson (Heart), Michael Penn as well as former Beatles producer George Martin. It is expected that more artists will be announced shortly.

Plans Being Made To Release "Wilson Project" Sessions

The following is from an article by Ron Weekes at

"Besides negotiating with domestic labels to release these first three Usher produced albums, the biggest project that Gary Usher, Jr. has on his list is to get the so-called “Wilson Project” sessions from 1986 finally released.  Usher describes these demos from sessions between his father and Brian Wilson as basically “homework sessions” to get Wilson back into the studio for the first time in almost ten years.  Although some of these sessions have surfaced over the years, none have been legitimately licensed from House of Usher
Productions, the owner of the recordings.  Even though considered strictly high quality demos, Gary Usher was such a studio perfectionist that the demos stand on their own as highly listenable music."
The entire article can be read at GARYUSHER.COM
Thanks to Ron Weekes

Updated 3/3/2001
Tickets are available today for the TNT Tribute to Brian Wilson at Radio City Music Hall in New York on March 29. This is a sale for Back Stage Access Members, in advance of the release of tickets to the general public. To sign up for Backstage Access and for more info on tickets click this link.
Updated 2/22/01

Details for the upcoming TNT All Star Tribute To Brian Wilson (see below 1/19/2001) will be provided next week by TNT in an announcement that will be made in USA Today.
There is an article titled "Beach Boys Not In Harmony" at Rolling

Brian performs "Sounds Of Silence" at the Musicore Tribute to Paul Simon

Updated 2/14/01

Brian Wilson will be performing "Sounds Of Silence" at the
  2001 MusiCares Person Of The Year dinner, concert and silent auction honoring GRAMMY Award-winning artist Paul Simon. The gala, which takes place on February 19 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, will also be attended by Ruben Blades,Shawn Colvin, Dixie Hummingbirds, Macy Gray, Shelby Lynne, Ziggy Marley, Joan Osborne, Danny Rivera, Take 6, and BRIAN WILSON.

In a related note, Brian will not be in attendance when the Beach Boys are given their Lifetime Acheivement Grammy at the banquet the day before the actual Grammy Awards. A scheduling conflict has been given as the reason.
For those of you who might be looking for chords and lyrics to Beach Boys songs, you can probably find what you are looking for on a new site called
Slightly American Music

Updated 2/5/01


Endless Summer - The Beach Boys Story Saturday 10 February 2001 3PM Eastern USA Time 8PM UK Time.

This two part series will feature some of the most sophisticated and popular music ever recorded, including songs such as California Girls, Barbara Ann, Good Vibrations, Wouldn't It Be Nice, SloopJohn B and God Only Knows.

BBC Radio 2

Listen to BBC 2 in Real Audio

Updated 2/3/01
The "Official Al Jardine Website" is now up and running at . Al and his band are planning to release a live cd,
"Live at The MGM in Las Vegas", which will soon be available for purchase at the site.

Updated 1/30/01

Negotiations are under way that could bring Brian Wilson and his band to England and possibly Japan this year. There are no plans for another US tour at this time.

Updated 1/19/01
Dennis Wilson will be remembered in a new book, "Dumb Angel: The Life & Music Of Dennis Wilson." The Adam Webb-penned book, which includes a forward by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, will be published June 15 in the U.S. by Creation Books.
TNT's "All Star Tribute To Brian Wilson" will take place March 29 at  Radio City Music Hall in New York, not March 30 as previously reported. Tickets to the affair will
 go on sale sometime in February,although an exact date is yet to be determined. Brian is expected to perform at the show.
Updated 1/12/01

More Reissues - Rarities Set Due!

Beach Boys go digital

                 Fans can catch a big wave of Beach Boys music this year, as Capitol Records salutes the band's 40th anniversary by reissuing 16 albums, packaged in pairs, with original packaging restored, bonus tracks and digitally remastered sound. Many albums have been out of print in  anticipation of the upgrade project.
 "Our strategy was to get the entire repertoire out there sounding absolutely  as good as it can," says EMI catalog executive Herb Agner.

                  The eight CD sets are Surfin' Safari/Surfin' USA, Surfer Girl/Shut Down Vol. 2, Little Deuce Coupe/All Summer Long, The Beach Boys
                  Today!/Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), Party/Stack-O-Tracks, Smiley Smile/Wild Honey, Friends/20/20 and Beach Boys Concert/Live  in London. Hawthorne California, a two-disc anthology of B-sides,
                  alternate takes and rarities (including home rehearsals ), is due in May.

 "We've seen such a resurgence of interest in the band over the past three  years," Agner says, noting the success of a Pet Sounds box set and last
                  year's ABC biopic. " The Beach Boys are really America's band. They have a timeless appeal."

                  The band gets a lifetime achievement Grammy at the Feb. 21 awards show in Los Angeles.

by Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY

Updated 1/10/01

Preliminary Injunction Issued In Beach Boys Suit

A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction barring the release of new editions of early-'60s material by the Beach Boys, Billboard Bulletin reports. U.S. District Court Judge Harry Hupp's ruling is a victory for the Beach Boys' label Brother Records, which on Dec. 20 sued Pampa, Texas-based label Surf's
Up! Records and its operator Brad Elliott, Los Angeles label Deck Records, and Deck owner Bruce Morgan, claiming trademark  infringement.

 Morgan -- son of the late Hite and Dorinda Morgan, who recorded the disputed material -- filed his own suit the same day. A U.S. District Court judge had earlier granted a temporary restraining order barring the sale or release of the
Beach Boys tracks at issue.

Hupp's ruling apparently enjoins the release of the two-CD set "First
 Wave - The Complete Hite Morgan Sessions," a Surf's Up! project
                           that was to be distributed by L.A.-based Collectors' Choice Music. Gordon Anderson, VP of Collectors' Choice, says,
"We're canceling all existing customer orders ... I've got to pull the plug."

By Chris Morris

Updated 1/4/01

Brian Wilson TNT Tribute On Tap

Continuing its "Masters Series" of tribute concerts, cable outlet TNT is next looking to fete former Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson. Tentatively scheduled for March 30, the presumably star-studded affair will take place at New York's
historic Radio City Music Hall, according to a source.

A spokesperson for TNT could not confirm the event or its subject, saying only that the network's programmers are looking at a number of options for the
next tribute concert, and that a spring tribute is likely.

Wilson has been quite active in 2000, playing a two-leg North American tour that concluded in November with a three-night stand at B.B. King's nightclub in New
                    York. Several dates during the run featured a symphony orchestra backing Wilson for a complete performance of the Beach Boys' landmark 1966 album "Pet Sounds," and all included Wilson performing with his backing band, the Wondermints.

The tour also produced the release "Live At The Roxy Theatre" (BriMel) recorded over two nights in April in Los Angeles.

In June, Wilson was among those inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame at the organization's annual dinner in New York. Former Beatle Paul McCartney
                   had the honor of inducting him, while pop sibling group Hanson performed his Beach Boys classic "God Only Knows" during the ceremony.

TNT's "Masters Series" was inaugurated in 1998 with  "Burt Bacharach: One Amazing Night," and has since  included celebrations of the music of Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, and Joni Mitchell.